When the kids head back to school, maintaining your family's health can be a challenge because they are exposed to germs from many other students. Here are steps to take to keep everything healthy during the school year.
Clean hands means fewer germs
Simply put, frequent hand washing is one of the best strategies for preventing germs from entering your body. The CDC makes the following recommendations: Always wash after visiting the bathroom and before eating. Teach your children to wash their hands for as long as it takes them to sing the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice. Always use soap and water, and always dry hands thoroughly.
Did you get your shots?
Even if you are practicing the healthiest habits, your body can't evade every illness. A flu vaccination is your best protection against catching the virus, according to the U.S. government. For other flu prevention tips and instructions on what to do if you are experiencing symptoms, visit www.flu.gov.
If you get sick, stay home
Not getting the proper rest will only make your sickness worse, and your child's performance in the classroom -- or your performance in the workplace -- could suffer if you don't rest when you are ill. But perhaps the biggest reason for staying home is out of courtesy to other students and workers. Spreading illness is not something you want to be responsible for.
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